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Tuesday, 12 May 2009
SAN FRANSISCO — 3i Consulting, a developer of complementary mobile solutions for the SAP platform, announced yesterday the availability of the world’s first employee self-service portal designed specifically for SAP’s enterprise resource management and BlackBerry platforms.

The solution is powered by 3i’s Mobile Workplace technology and provides mobile access to common employee self-service functionalities, such as SAP Workflow tasks, creation and updating of employee banking, address and benefits information, time-sheet entry and leave requests.

“2009 is shaping up to be an exciting year for SAP mobility, as there is an increasing focus on cost reduction and the ability to streamline non-income-producing activities, such as HR functionality, is pushed further into the spotlight,” said David Sherman, director of sales for 3i Consulting, in a press release.

A QuickStart trial of the Mobile Workplace platform is available at 3i-consulting.com.
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Wednesday, 18 June 2008
FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Transactions at self-service kiosks will surpass $607 billion this year in North America as consumers continue to embrace self-service technology, according to a new research study conducted by the IHL Group, an analyst firm and consultancy that serves retailers and retail technology vendors.
 
That amount will more than triple by 2012 to over $1.7 trillion, the study predicts.
 
"We expect continued double-digit growth in the revenue generated by self-service transactions for the foreseeable future," said Lee Holman, lead retail analyst of the IHL Group. "The results of this study confirm what we’ve been seeing for the past several years — namely, that consumers are showing a preference for self-service kiosk activity of all kinds."
 
The new research study, 2008 North American Self-Service Kiosks, examines the increasing use of six types of self-service kiosks where payment is accepted: self-checkout systems, ticketing kiosks, check-in kiosks, food ordering, postal systems and other retail kiosks.
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Wednesday, 09 April 2008
ROCKVILLE, Md. — Summit Research Associates Inc., the only consulting firm devoted to the kiosk industry, is proud to announce the publication of the completely new Seventh Edition of its popular flagship report, Kiosks and Interactive Technology. This report — the most comprehensive ever produced on the kiosk industry — examines recent trends, provides projections for the kiosk installed base, CAGR and revenues from the present time through 2010.
 
The news remains good: Kiosk deployments are rapidly expanding and the future continues to look bright. The report also includes 53 charts and tables on the leading kiosk issues and examines the industry from many perspectives, including the average cost of a kiosk, average number of users per day, average length of time spent at the kiosk, leading design issues, leading types of peripherals used, most popular kiosk applications and leading development issues. The statistics were compiled from an extensive survey sent to hundreds of deployers, end-users and total solution providers around the world. Where appropriate, the results are presented as worldwide totals and also are grouped into the four major regions: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of the World.
 
More than 680 companies are profiled in the report, including 3M Microtouch, Appleton, Apunix, Blackstone, Coinstar, Compushop Services, Cyphermint, Diebold Inc., DynaTouch Corp., EAO, ELO Touchsystems Inc., Epson America Inc., Frank Mayer & Associates Inc., Fujitsu, Hand Held Products, Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM, Itautec, JCM American Corp., King Products, Netkey, Pitney-Bowes, PhotoChannel, Planar Systems Inc., Provisio GmbH, Resolute TAP Services, St. Clair Interactive Communications Inc., Seiko Instruments, Storefront.com, The Kiosk Factory, TIO Networks Corp., Whitech, Wincor Nixdorf GmbH Co. & KG and Zebra Technologies Corp.
 
The report provides detailed information on these and other companies — representing 44 countries — in the kiosk industry, discussing the market segments they target (including key customers), their featured applications, key design and development issues they face, what sets them apart from the competition and other valuable statistics of interest to kiosk industry professionals targeting the leading market sectors such as retail, entertainment, government, financial and transportation.
 
 
The report — available as a PDF sent electronically or on CD-ROM — sells for $2,195.00 (USD) and includes shipping and handling. Purchasors also will receive an Excel spreadsheet containing all of the Kiosk Industry Directory information at no additional cost, enabling them to organize the data to meet their particular needs. For example, purchasors who want to find all the U.S.-based enclosure manufacturers or the turnkey solution providers in India, can sort the data and quickly find them. 
 
 
For order information, visit Summit's Web site at www.summit-res.com.
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Wednesday, 22 March 2006
ARMONK, NY - IBM today announced new software and services to help organizations capture best practices and IT assets, allowing them to more easily integrate their business processes and information assets across the enterprise.
 
Called Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Governance, the new portfolio helps businesses address the unique concerns that arise when adopting an SOA infrastructure, including measuring business goals, aligning IT to meet those goals, and tracking business performance.
 
Comprised of best practices, processes and new software, IBM's SOA Governance portfolio helps customers establish tailored decision rights in the organization and implement the policy, measurement and control mechanisms necessary to carry out those decisions. Effective governance helps free teams from the uncertainties and challenges of trying to figure out who needs to agree on what so they can focus on creating and delivering innovative business solutions.
 
A recent study from IT analyst research firm, Gartner, confirmed the need for governing an SOA environment. "In 2006, lack of working governance mechanisms in midsize-to-large (fewer than 50 services) post-pilot SOA projects will be the most common reason for project failure (0.8 probability)."*
 
The new IBM SOA Governance portfolio draws upon IBM's experience in helping hundreds of customers improve their governance approaches and use SOA to meet business goals. To help govern their SOA, customers can choose from numerous IBM offerings, including the recently announced IBM Workplace for Business Strategy Execution to help customers measure performance of their business strategy.
 
"IBM is making business flexibility through SOA governance a reality for our customers," said Danny Sabbah, general manager, Rational Software, IBM. "We have the tools, templates, experience and methodologies to help bring business and IT stakeholders into a productive discussion."
 
New IBM offerings include:
  • SOA Governance and Management Method -- The new SOA Governance and Management Method will be available through IBM Business Consulting Services. Nearly 500 consultants will be trained and available to help customers map their requirements, policies, procedures and regulations to execute new business plans based on SOA, and help with the necessary cultural changes.
  • SOA Governance plug-in for IBM Rational Method Composer -- select governance best practices from IBM Business Consulting Services are packaged as a reusable asset and delivered as part of Rational Method Composer. The governance approach delivered with Rational Method Composer can be customized to reflect an organization's unique requirements. When used with IBM Rational Portfolio Manager, IBM's project and portfolio management software, the governance process becomes more automated.
  • IBM Rational Data Architect -- helps customers adopt and enforce corporate and industry standards on their data models, and helps customers design, discover and govern SOA compliant information architectures.
  • IBM Tivoli Change and Configuration Management Database -- automatically discovers and manages information about a client's IT environment, including IT resources, configuration items, user identities, and the interrelationships between these entities.
  • IBM WebSphere Service Registry and Repository -- available later this year, this offering will help customers discover, access, and manage service metadata used in the selection, invocation, management, reuse and governance of services in an  SOA. This delivers strong governance capabilities for the publication, discovery, subscription, management and policy enforcement of SOA services and assets.
In addition to 500 consultants available to help customers govern their SOA, nearly 90,000 IBM Business Consulting Services employees will be trained to help customers realize business benefits from SOA.
 
"For an SOA to be successful, business leaders need to join the discussion," said Michael Liebow, vice president of SOA and Web Services, IBM Business Consulting Services. "This concentrated focus on SOA governance is an important first step to getting business leaders engaged in the discussion. The team of consultants and the SOA governance method being announced today, as well as the SOA training across IBM, will bring business leaders to the table and result in a unified business and IT alignment strategy.
 
For more information on IBM's SOA Governance solution, visit http://www.ibm.com/soa/gov.

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IBM is the world's largest information technology company with more than 90 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. Drawing on resources from across IBM and key business partners, IBM offers a wide range of services, financing, solutions and technologies that enable customers to take full advantage of the on demand era. For more information on IBM's on demand strategy, visit http://www.ibm.com/ondemand.
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